Rabbi Who Targeted Sex Abusers Hit by Chemical Attack
Says acquaintance threw bleach in his eye
By Liam Carnahan, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 12, 2012 10:43 AM CST
Rabbi Nuchem Rosenberg was allegedly the victim of a chemical attack.   (gifterphotos)

(Newser) – More woes on the streets of New York: A rabbi and outspoken advocate for victims of sex abuse was injured in an apparent chemical attack as he was walking in Williamsburg yesterday, reports the New York Times. Rabbi Nuchem Rosenberg runs a website and hotline that make public accusations of abuse within his Satmar Hasidic community. In an interview from the hospital where he was treated, he said a man he knew came up behind him, tapped him on the shoulder, and said "whoops" as he threw a cup of what may have been bleach in his face.

Rosenberg was treated for chemical burns around his eye as well as a corneal abrasion, but is expected to make a full recovery. The attack came just a day after Nechemya Weberman was convicted of sexually abusing a young girl. Many in their shared community believe he's innocent, and Rosenberg says the conviction may have partly triggered the attack, though an NYPD rep has said there's no evidence of that.

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fractal
Dec 12, 2012 2:16 PM CST
Terrific. Now chemical attacks are imported to American streets. And of course, it is somehow all mixed up with a fundy desert sect. What is it about Bedouins that encourages this mentality?
Twiny
Dec 12, 2012 1:40 PM CST
Rabbi Nuchem Rosenberg runs a website and hotline that make public accusations of abuse within his Satmar Hasidic community. What gives him the right to destroy somebody's good name without a trial? That kind of thing can get out of hand very quickly and can destroy a lot of innocent lives. I would think that the first time he is wrong and accuses someone with money, the good Rabbi will lose everything in a slander suit.
HANKHILL
Dec 12, 2012 1:38 PM CST
at least it was someone he knew and they can be picked up!